How dare you glare at me?

So I open up this LCD screen and there are maybe three stuck pixels out of … let’s see here … 1680 x 1050 x 3 = 5,292,000.

As I see it, there are three alternatives:

  1. Box it up and send it back and hope a replacement is better;
  2. Try out one of the dozens of recommended “solutions” which may or may not work;
  3. Learn to live with it.

This being me, though, I found an Option 3½: maneuver some icons into position so that they conceal the offending points of light, all of which are located near the very top of the screen. At least one of them now looks like part of the icon that sits over it.


  1. Scooby214 »

    1 December 2008 · 9:05 pm

    I’ve had one that did that. It always stuck out at me. It was an older LCD, with a native resolution of 800 X 600, so any open window filled the entire screen and made the “bright dots” obvious.

    How is the return policy for the seller? I ask because I’ve heard that occasionally you can have more bright dots show up as you use continue to use the monitor.

  2. Scooby214 »

    1 December 2008 · 9:05 pm

    Out of curiosity, what are the recommended solutions which may or may not work?

  3. fillyjonk »

    1 December 2008 · 9:22 pm

    Option 3.5 is the one I’d likely go for, as well. Unless one of the “recommended solutions” involved some kind of cool workaround that would make me feel all clever if it succeeded.

  4. CGHill »

    1 December 2008 · 9:27 pm

    A collection of solutions of various types:

    No warranty is expressed or implied, of course.

  5. CGHill »

    1 December 2008 · 9:31 pm

    And if you’re curious, this is the monitor in question:

    I paid $139.99 (plus, as always, $5 shipping) at Woot.

  6. Guy S »

    1 December 2008 · 9:42 pm

    Went to check out your monitor, and noted “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought … Fatal Funnel – 6 Wasp & Hornet Traps”

    Is Amazon implying this particular monitor is “buggy”? Or are wasps and hornets unusually attracted to this specific monitor?

    On a more serious note, thought the acceptable amount of bad pixels per monitor was somewhere around 8 in total per screen. Then again, this could be yet another “urban legend” of sorts. Best of luck in getting it resolved to your satisfaction.

  7. CGHill »

    1 December 2008 · 9:56 pm

    Soyo, I am told, will swap out a monitor if it has as many as six bad pixels; different vendors have different policies.

    I did play around with the resolution, but ultimately went back to my familiar 1152 x 864.

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